Ben Sasse, a Republican Senator, did not hold back as he responded to President Donald Trump’s remarks on Monday, telling the President that the United States “is not some banana republic” after Trump attacked the Department of Justice (DOJ) yet again.
Earlier in the afternoon, the President criticized Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the DOJ in a tweet, saying that they are pushing with the criminal charges against two GOP congressmen prior to the upcoming midterm elections. Trump, however, did not specify which congressmen he was referring to, but some linked these remarks to last month’s charge of Representative Duncan Hunter on the count of misusing campaign funds, as well as Representative Chris Collins, who was indicted for alleged insider trading.
“Two long running, Obama-era investigations of two very popular Republican Congressmen were brought to a well-publicized charge, just ahead of the midterms by Jeff Sessions’ Justice Department,” Trump wrote in his tweet.
“Two easy wins now in doubt because there is not enough time. Good job Jeff…” the President continued. “The Democrats, none of whom voted for Jeff Sessions, must love him now,” he said, though one Democratic senator, Joe Manchin of West Virginia, did vote for Sessions when he was confirmed as attorney general in February 2017.
“Same thing with Lyin’ James Comey,” he added. “The Dems all hated him, wanted him out, thought he was disgusting—UNTIL I FIRED HIM! Immediately he became a wonderful man, a saint like figure in fact. Really sick!”
Sasse snubbed the President over the tweets, and wrote a statement saying that “the United States is not some banana republic with a two-tiered system of justice—one for the majority party and one for the minority party.”
“These two men have been charged with crimes because of evidence, not because of who the President was when the investigations began,” Sasse added.
“Instead of commenting on ongoing investigations and prosecutions, the job of the President of the United States is to defend the Constitution and protect the impartial administration of justice,” the senator noted.